Sixth Form Law FAQ – What You Should Know
If you’re thinking of taking law at university the first step is to achieve some good A level results. But sometimes it’s hard to know what employers want.
Sometimes actually studying the English legal system at A level can be seen as a bad thing !
In this article we hopefully will answer some of the key questions associated with sixth form law and considerations about taking law at uni.
Take a look at some A level textbooks which can help during the course.
What is the A level law syllabus like?
The syllabus gives you an overview of the British legal system and the different sorts of law in our country. This doesn’t mean you only study criminal law. You will study both civil and criminal. In a typical course you will learn about contract, criminal and tort. This will give you a good foundation of knowledge and introduce you to some key concepts.
But a good deal of time will also be spent on looking at various roles in the legal sector, such as how to become a solicitor and the requirements to become a magistrate. This will help when thinking about your future. So there’s a mixture of studying legal subjects, and learning about the legal sector & careers.
Here is the AQA syllabus:
- Law Making and the Legal System
- The Concept of Liability (introduction to criminal, contract and tort)
- Criminal Law (offences against people) / Contract
- Criminal Law (offences against property) / Tort
Is A level law hard?
This question depends. Some people will find it hard, others easy. It all depends on what you’re good at. If you find that you’re hopeless at AS level law then there’s probably not much point studying it at university. It’s not going to get any easier! Even if you’re not naturally talented at law it’s still possible to get a good grade if you put in enough effort.
One of of the hardest elements in A level law is remembering all the case name and case details. If you know about the key legal principles, how they apply, and how the cases back them up, then there’s no reason why you can’t get an A. It’s all about effort and preperation. Knowing exactly what the exam questions want will help too – exam technique is very important. Your tutor will help you with this.
What are the best A levels for a law degree?
Being successful in law comes down to two things. Your knowledge and your skills. Knowledge doesn’t just need to be directly legal based; business, accounting and economics could help boost your knowledge of commercial law and should help you demonstrate commercial awareness.
Philosophy, English, history and politics are subjects which can help you develop your critical thinking and essay writing skills. Picking a mixture of these courses would definitely help you when studying law at university. It’s always a good idea to pick a few of the traditional subjects – maths, sciences, geography and languages as these are definite not seen as soft. Take a look at the websites of a few of the universities you want to apply to. They may provide further guidance.
Should I take A level law if I want to study law at uni?
This is a much debated question. Some people say it’s a great idea, others say it’s not. The reasons some people say it’s not a good idea usually revolve around the perception that law at A level is a “soft subject” and there are harder subjects which can be done. However this depends on the college. Personally I found A level English easier than Law.
It shouldn’t hurt your changes of getting into a good university if you don’t take it, but it may be a good idea to at least take law at AS level, to see if you enjoy studying it or not.
How else will you know if law is the right subject for you?
It also gives you a head start when thinking about your career – you learn about the steps you need to take to get certain legal jobs. It’s also possible that telling a firm you’re studying law at college could help you get work experience or a part time job. It shows interest.
What are the entry requirements for law at university?
This all depends on your university or law school, consult them for the UCAS points requirements / exact grades needed. The very best universities in the UK will want AAA, however if you have some good work experience and write a great personal statement, an AAB may get you in. BBC should be able to get you into a law school in the UK, however you should consult the institutions you’re interested in going to for exact entry requirements. It shouldn’t matter if you have studied law or not at A level.
At the Open University there are technically no minimum requirements needed to study law.
Please read on to find out what good subjects to study at A level are. Remember you can always take an undergraduate course in another subject and then take the the law conversion course if you don’t currently meet entry requirements.